Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Torbay Rd Closed, Buses on Diversion

This is the main Torquay to Paignton road at Livermead. Sometime on Easter Sunday the sea broke through the seawall and damaged the pavement and the road had to be closed.

It is likely to be a week before the road is open again. At first there was concern that the main sewerage pipe had been damaged but at the moment it does appear to be intact.

There were repairs scheduled to take place a few weeks ago but they were put off for some reason. The result of strong east winds lasting over the previous few weeks put a more than usual strain on the weaken seawall and something had to give. The Bay is normally very sheltered, except when the wind is from the east.

So if you are using the 12 or 12A service to get anywhere and it turns up late don't have a go at the poor driver, it isn't his fault.


David said...

It would seem that even though the sewerage pipe was still intact, raw sewerage is being pumped in to the sea at the north end of the Bay. This is the relieve the strain on the pipe at Livermead and to prevent homes and shops from being flooded in Torquay. A week is still the estimate for the road to be closed.

Cabbie J said...

Makes you wonder what person decided it was a good idea to put a main sewage line a few feet from a sea wall which has been known (for a long while, decades) to take a huge beating from the sea.

Luckily while the weather is nice, its quite cold so there aren't too many people on the beaches.

I hope it disperses in time for "summer".

Also, if you look on the Herald's website - I think they need to update their stock photography. An article on the bus diversion has an old B7 in the Stagey stripes livery. 1998, wasn't it?

Anonymous said...

the best bit is that the bus pictured to the best of my knowledge never operated in torbay or even devon and is in fact a cheltenham & gloucester based vechile

Anonymous said...

At the end of the day it is the responsibility of the bus company to ensure that timetables are updated to take account of the late running buses caused by this diversion. Therefore, as the customer facing side of the division it is only right that drivers should unfairly expected to take some stick for the failings of management.

Cabbie J said...

Bus companies are legally obliged to give passengers advance warning of timetable changes - I think the requirement is 4 weeks though I could be wrong.

The road will be re-opened in less time than that.

Also, changing timetables isn't something you can do on your lunch break. It's very expensive, produces a lot of waste and takes a while to get going.

It's less confusing and wasteful to have a temporary delay warning, rather than move timetables back and forth.

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